Catholic Church in Crisis

News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.

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The Celibacy Issue

  • Official Roman Catholic Church Teaching on Celibacy for Priests

  • Why It Would Be Possible to Drop the Celibacy Requirement
    The tradition is a discipline, not a dogma.

  • The Catholic Church's requirement is burdensome--and can lead to trouble. By Eugene Kennedy

  • It's the seminaries, not the celibacy. By Fr. James Gill

  • In a sex-saturated society, the witness of celibacy is crucial. By Fr. Marcel Taillon

  • Creating Intimate Relationships Within Celibacy By Brother Joseph Kilikevice

  • Answering the Priest-Bashers
    It's self-serving for men who have repudiated their promise of celibacy to attack those who still try to keep it. By Andrew Greeley

  • Spring 2002: Boston Diocesan Newspaper Calls for Church to Examine Celibacy Question

  • 'Spiritual Fertility': John Paul II's Letter to Priests
    "Celibacy is a precious gift given by God to his Church and as a sign of the kingdom which is not of this world -- a sign of the undivided love of the priest for God and for God's people."


    Which Dioceses Are Affected?

    Bishops' Worst Mistakes
    Plus: Avoid "Simplistic" Judgments: The bishops' conference responds

    Bishop-by-Bishop Overview
    (Dallas Morning News, June 2002)
    Specific abuse cases and alleged coverups across the country.

    Catholic Crisis Spreads Abroad

    Your Diocese's Statement/Policies:

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Belleville, IL
  • Boston (January 9, 2002)
  • Boston (Dec. 2002)
  • Brooklyn
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Denver
  • Detroit (PDF)
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee (Rembert Weakland statement)
  • Milwaukee (Project Benjamin)
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Oakland
  • Oklahoma City
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix (PDF)
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rockville Centre, NY
  • San Diego
  • Seattle
  • Spokane
  • St. Louis
  • Washington
  • Find Your Diocese's Web Page

    Not Just Priests
    Clergy sexual abuse of minors and adults is a problem in all faiths. By Anne Simpkinson

    Clergy Sexual Misconduct Resources
    Links for individuals and communities dealing with sexual misconduct and prevention.

    The Cost to the Church

    Sept. 2003: $85M Deal in Boston Church Abuse Suits
  • Diocese to Mortgage Properties to Pay Settlements

    Feb. 2003: Scandal Costs Account for Over Half of L.A. Archdiocese’s $13.4 Million Deficit

    Nov. 2001: How Much Is This Costing the Church?
    A pre-scandal estimate said U.S. dioceses may already have spent as much as $1 billion in payouts to victims.

    No Deep Pockets
    If Catholics are successful in their crusade to punish the church through its pocketbook, who will they really hurt? By Fr. Andrew Greeley

    Spring 2002: Chicago Cardinal Suggests Selling Church's Mansion for Funds

    Fall 2002: Despite Scandal, NY Diocese Fundraiser May Set Record

    Spring 2002: Scandals Won't Bankrupt the Church
    Even with the prospect of fresh lawsuits that could double the billion-dollar tally of settlements already reached, the bankruptcy of even a single diocese is unlikely, church financial analysts say.

    How Have Innocent Priests Been Affected?

    Fall 2002: Due Process for Priests
    By Fr. Andrew Greeley
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